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This policy is effective upon acceptance for new users and will be applied to all existing users going forward. Below describes how your personal information is collected, used and shared when you visit or make a purchase from our website.

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  1. Our commitment to privacy
  2. What information do we collect?
  3. How do we use the information that you provide to us?
  4. How do we use information we collect from cookies?
  5. Notice of new services and changes
  6. How do we secure information transmissions?
  7. How do we protect your information?
  8. How can you access and correct your information?
  9. Do we disclose information to outside parties?
  10. What about legally compelled disclosure of information?
  11. What about other websites linked to our website?

1 Our commitment to privacy

Our Privacy Policy was developed as an extension of our commitment to combine the highest-quality products and services with the highest level of integrity in dealing with our clients and partners. The Policy is designed to assist you in understanding how we collect, use and safeguard the personal information you provide to us and to assist you in making informed decisions when using our site and our products and services. This statement will be continuously assessed against new technologies, business practices and our customers' needs.
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2 What information do we collect?

When you visit our website you may provide us with two types of information: personal information you knowingly choose to disclose that is collected on an individual basis and website use information collected on an aggregate basis as you and others browse our website.

  1. Personal information you choose to provide:
    CREDIT CARD INFORMATION

    If you choose to purchase products or services from us or our partners, you may need to give personal information. For example, you may need to provide the following information:

    • Name
    • Billing & Shipping address
    • Email address
    • Credit card number
    • Home and business phone number
    EMAIL INFORMATION

    In addition to providing the foregoing information to our partners, if you choose to correspond further with us through email, we may retain the content of your email messages together with your email address and our responses. We provide the same protections for these electronic communications that we employ in the maintenance of information received by mail and telephone.

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  2. Website use information:

    Similar to other commercial websites, our website utilizes a standard technology called "cookies" (see explanation below, "What Are Cookies?") and web server logs to collect information about how our website is used. Information gathered through cookies and web server logs may include the date and time of visits, the pages viewed, time spent at our website, and the websites visited just before and just after our website. This information is collected on an aggregate basis. None of this information is associated with you as an individual.

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3 How do we use the information that you provide to us?

Broadly speaking, we use personal information for purposes of administering our business activities, providing customer service from point of sale to delivery of order. Occasionally, we may also use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to our website, new services and special offers we think you will find valuable. The lists used to send you product and service offers are developed and managed under our traditional corporate standards designed to safeguard the security and privacy of our customers’ personal information.
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4 How do we use information we collect from cookies?

What Are Cookies? Cookies are a feature of web browser software that allows web servers to recognize the computer used to access a website. Cookies are small pieces of data that are stored by a user’s web browser on the user’s hard drive. Cookies can remember what information a user accesses on one web page to simplify subsequent interactions with that website by the same user or to use the information to streamline the user’s transactions on related web pages. This makes it easier for a user to move from web page to web page and to complete commercial transactions over the internet. Cookies should make your online experience easier and more personalized.

We use website browser software tools such as cookies and web server logs to gather information about our website users’ browsing activities, in order to constantly improve our website and better serve our customers. This information assists us to design and arrange our web pages in the most user-friendly manner and to continually improve our website to better meet the needs of our customers and prospective customers. Cookies help us collect important business and technical statistics. The information-in the cookies lets us trace the paths followed by users to our website as they move from one page to another. Web server logs allow us to count how many people visit our website and evaluate our website’s visitor capacity. We do not use these technologies to capture your individual email address or any personally identifying information about you although they do permit us to send focused online banner advertisements or other such responses to you.
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5 Notice of new services and changes

Occasionally, we may also use the information we collect to notify you about important changes to our website, new services and special offers we think you will find valuable. As our client, you will be given the opportunity to notify us of your desire not to receive these offers by clicking on a response box when you receive such an offer or by sending us an email request at mail@archivalmethods.com.
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6 How do we secure information transmissions?

When you send confidential personal credit card information to us on our website, a secure server software which we have licensed encrypts all information you input before it is sent to us. The information is scrambled en route and decoded once it reaches our website. Other email that you may send to us may not be secure unless we advise you that security measures will be in place prior to your transmitting the information. For that reason, we ask that you do not send confidential information such as Social Security or account numbers (including credit card information) to us through an unsecured email.
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7 How do we protect your information?

Information Security. We utilize encryption/security software to safeguard the confidentiality of personal information we collect from unauthorized access or disclosure and accidental loss, alteration or destruction. Valuation of Information Protection Practices. Periodically, our operations and business practices are reviewed for compliance with corporate policies and procedures governing the security, confidentiality and quality of our information. Employee Access, Training and Expectations. Our corporate values, ethical standards, policies and practices are committed to the protection of customer information. In general, our business practices limit employee access to confidential information, and limit the use and disclosure of such information to authorized persons, processes and transactions.
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8 How can you access and correct your information?

You may request access to all your personally identifiable information that we collect online and maintain in our database by emailing mail@archivalmethods.com or simply log in to view and update your account information.
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9 Do we disclose information to outside parties?

We provide information with third parties as required to better serve our customers. For example, address information needed for delivery via UPS, FedEx, USPS. We also use Google Analytics to help understand how customers interact with our site, to learn more on Google's policy click here. For advertising and marketing purposes - Google Adwords, Mail Chimp, Reseller Rating and Stamped are the authorized services we use to deliver tailored advertising as well as provide you the ability to submit customer feedback. We may also be required to share information to comply with applicable laws but this is only to keep in accordance with regulations in response to a subpoena, search warrant or other lawful requests.

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10 What about legally compelled disclosure of information?

We may disclose information when legally compelled to do so, in other words, when we, in good faith, believe that the law requires it or for the protection of our legal rights.
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11 What about other websites linked to our website?

We are not responsible for the practices employed by websites linked to or from our website nor the information or content contained therein. This applies to any coupon referral or business referral sites. Often links to other websites are provided solely as pointers to information on topics that may be useful to the users of our website.
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FAQs

What is the best container to store photographs? ›

Use an archival-quality box or album

Whether you prefer to stack photos in a box or arrange them in an album, it's best to look for a storage option that's free of acid and lignin (an acidic compound that gives trees their rigidity). It's also good to avoid dyes and recycled materials. That rules out shoeboxes.

What is the safest way to store old photos? ›

Remember: 75 degrees or cooler and low humidity are the best conditions for photo storage. DON'T: Place old photos on the ground in a storage unit, even if they are packaged up in boxes or containers. Consider using a wire rack or pallet to keep boxes off the ground in case of flooding.

Are archive boxes acid-free? ›

Document storage cases, bulk storage boxes and drop front boxes are all acid-free and designed to prevent damage to your collections for the long term. File folders, polyester L-Velopes and sleeves, and Perma Dur envelopes provide individual protection from light, fingerprints, migrant acidity and dirt and dust.

How do I store archival photos? ›

Experts say that the best way to preserve old photos is to store them in archival boxes, handle them sparingly and never expose them to light.

What can I do with 100s of family photos? ›

Scan a few of your old favorites and send them to family members. Frame your favorite prints and create a gallery wall in your home, or place a few in frames around your house. Once you've scanned your photos, purchase modern photo albums to scrapbook your favorite family memories.

Which is better photo albums or boxes? ›

A box may take up less space than an album but can hold more photos. Boxes are good for photos that need to be preserved but are looked at less frequently as well as photos that are self-explanatory or don't require extra notes.

How should photos be organized for 40 years? ›

How to organize old photos
  1. Clarify the "why" of why you're doing this. ...
  2. Start with physical photos first, apply what you learn to your digital library. ...
  3. Get all of the photos in one place. ...
  4. Sort chronologically, by person, or by theme. ...
  5. Finally, sort into 3 subcategories, and put the winners into your album.
26 May 2020

Should photos be stored in airtight containers? ›

Sturdy plastic storage containers with a water-resistant exterior are ideal for storing both albums and loose photos—store photo albums with alternating spines to maximize space. Place airtight bags of loose photos in file folders or envelopes to contain them.

Is it safe to store photos in ziplock bags? ›

ZipLoc bags are indeed low-density polyethylene. The drawback is that they have an inner coating of Butylated Hydroxy Toluene which will damage the photographs if they are stored in there long term.

What is archival quality box? ›

Archival boxes are acid and lingen-free, and are constructed to be sturdy and secure, protecting your valuables from dirt and dust, as well as the infiltration of light, which can be harmful to some materials over a long period of time.

Are banker boxes acid-free? ›

Bankers Box products are classified as acid-neutral with a PH level that ranges from 7.1 to 8.1.

Is all white tissue paper acid-free? ›

Is all tissue paper acid free? No – paper can be acid free or non acid free. They have different purposes, which is why it's important to check which type of paper is best for the product you're packing. Standard tissue paper of course still has a place in packaging and presentation.

Should photos be stored flat or upright? ›

Horizontal storage of photographs is usually preferable to vertical storage, since it provides overall support and avoids mechanical damage such as bending or slumping. The photographs should be stored flat in drop-front boxes of archival quality housed on shelves or in metal cabinets.

How do you organize your lifetime photos? ›

Organize your photos either chronologically or by them and then create named folders. Back Up. Experts recommend using at least two of the following methods: an external drive, an online storage service or prints. A few online photo back-up storage services include Apple's Photos, Everalbum or Shoebox.

How do you organize 20 years of pictures? ›

Start by sorting the photos chronologically. Any other sorting option is just too confusing and crazy-making. Think big picture by dividing first into two piles according to century. Next sort each pile by decade—even if that requires a wild guess—and so on until you have them in general order.

How do you organize thousands of photos? ›

Best Way to Organize Photos in 2022
  1. Gather All of Your Files into One Location. ...
  2. Create a Folder Structure. ...
  3. Decide on a System and Rename Your Files. ...
  4. Check for Photo Duplicates. ...
  5. Cull Your Unwanted Photos. ...
  6. Convert Your Non-Digital Photographs. ...
  7. Use Dedicated Software to Manage Your Digital Photos. ...
  8. Use an External Hard Drive.

How do I organize thousands of family photos? ›

How to Organize and Store Digital Copies of Your Family Photos
  1. Load all the images to one device. Load all the scanned images you have. ...
  2. Delete duplicate photos. ...
  3. Create a set of folders to organize the photos. ...
  4. Create a naming system. ...
  5. Save the digital images in multiple formats and locations.
21 Sept 2021

What kind of photo album is best for old photos? ›

Old photos should not be stored on photo pages with adhesives. Instead, store fragile photos on paper that's free from acid and lignin. A photo album that features PVC-free pocket pages intended for long-term storage without damaging the photos is an ideal choice.

Do people still keep photo albums? ›

But many millennials haven't embraced the photo book medium. It's not just that they're buying more photo albums – they're also printing more photos. In the U.S. alone, market research firm InfoTrends estimated that an astonishing 12.3 billion photos would be printed in 2015.

What do you do with old family pictures no one wants? ›

Generally, it's not advisable to throw away negatives because you can use them to bring your photo back to life if the picture gets lost or damaged. But if you have no other use for the film, you can try sending them to a local company for recycling.

How do you organize old photos and memorabilia? ›

Remove the photos from the albums (experts recommend using dental floss), keeping them in the order in which they were arranged. If the backs aren't too sticky, you'll stack them in chronological order and label the stacks by event and/or month and year.

What is the best way to store family photos? ›

The Best Way to Store Photos
  1. Don't Rely on Storing Images on Memory Cards. ...
  2. Store Your Photos on External Hard Drives. ...
  3. Backup Your Photos on the Cloud. ...
  4. Save Your Photos as Email Attachments. ...
  5. Go Old School and Burn Your Photos to CD. ...
  6. Print Your Favorite Photos and Put Them on Display.

Can you store photographs in plastic boxes? ›

Q: Is it safe to store photos in plastic bins? Yes. Some of the best photo storage boxes are made of plastic and do a wonderful job protecting photos. One drawback to plastic is that it might let light shine into the box, which can affect photos over time.

Is it safe to store photos in plastic sleeves? ›

Your plastic based photographs, such as negatives and slides, should always be stored in paper, for example, sleeves or four flaps. Plastic should not be used due to the concern over microenvironments.

Are sheet protectors safe for photos? ›

Some plastics can damage your items.

In fact, some sheet protectors, binders, photo enclosures, and photo corners will eventually damage your memorabilia more than if you had not used plastic protection or enhancement at all. The destructive material is polyvinyl chloride (PVC) or more commonly known as “vinyl.”

Are Ziploc bags acid-free? ›

the plastic used for ziplock type bags has less than 1 part per 1000 acid content........ barely there. There are papers out there that have more than that and are considered acid free.

Where can I store old family photos? ›

Store old photos in a controlled environment

Store old photographs at constant temperatures below 75 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep the humidity levels in photo storage areas between 15% and 65%. Avoid storing old photographs in attics, basements, or garages where temperature and humidity tend to fluctuate.

What do I do with all my photos? ›

We've included ideas for upcycling those old photos in our list below.
  1. Scan Pictures. Digitizing old photos is a great option. ...
  2. Upload Images to the Cloud. ...
  3. Create a Collage. ...
  4. Make a Scrapbook. ...
  5. Create Your Family Tree. ...
  6. Recycle Negatives with GreenDisk. ...
  7. Transform Negatives Into Art. ...
  8. Digitize Negatives.
19 Aug 2022

Should photos be stored in airtight containers? ›

Sturdy plastic storage containers with a water-resistant exterior are ideal for storing both albums and loose photos—store photo albums with alternating spines to maximize space. Place airtight bags of loose photos in file folders or envelopes to contain them.

Is it OK to store photos in plastic bags? ›

Plastic bags and large envelopes are other photo storage disasters to clear to steer of. Sticky notes may be an easy way to label photos, but leaving them stuck to photos for an extended period of time can cause damage.

Will pictures get ruined in storage? ›

The only storage unit facility that is safe to store photos in is one that's climate-controlled. If not, you risk exposing your picture to humidity and heat, which can ruin photos faster than one would think.

Should photo albums be stored flat or upright? ›

Horizontal storage of photographs is usually preferable to vertical storage, since it provides overall support and avoids mechanical damage such as bending or slumping. The photographs should be stored flat in drop-front boxes of archival quality housed on shelves or in metal cabinets.

How do you organize your lifetime photos? ›

Organize your photos either chronologically or by them and then create named folders. Back Up. Experts recommend using at least two of the following methods: an external drive, an online storage service or prints. A few online photo back-up storage services include Apple's Photos, Everalbum or Shoebox.

Are ZipLoc bags acid-free? ›

the plastic used for ziplock type bags has less than 1 part per 1000 acid content........ barely there. There are papers out there that have more than that and are considered acid free.

Are ZipLoc bags safe for photo storage? ›

ZipLoc bags are indeed low-density polyethylene. The drawback is that they have an inner coating of Butylated Hydroxy Toluene which will damage the photographs if they are stored in there long term. There are a couple of options that are low-cost and will depend on how many bags you need.

How should photos be organized for 40 years? ›

How to organize old photos
  1. Clarify the "why" of why you're doing this. ...
  2. Start with physical photos first, apply what you learn to your digital library. ...
  3. Get all of the photos in one place. ...
  4. Sort chronologically, by person, or by theme. ...
  5. Finally, sort into 3 subcategories, and put the winners into your album.
26 May 2020

How do you organize thousands of photos? ›

How to Organize Digital Photos
  1. Step 1: Delete Unnecessary Photos Right Away. ...
  2. Step 2: Organize Photos into Albums or Folders. ...
  3. Step 3: Edit Photos as Needed. ...
  4. Step 4: Download and Back Up Your Photos. ...
  5. Step 5: Delete Photos from Other Devices.
26 Jun 2022

What do you do with old family pictures no one wants? ›

We've included ideas for upcycling those old photos in our list below.
  1. Scan Pictures. Digitizing old photos is a great option. ...
  2. Upload Images to the Cloud. ...
  3. Create a Collage. ...
  4. Make a Scrapbook. ...
  5. Create Your Family Tree. ...
  6. Recycle Negatives with GreenDisk. ...
  7. Transform Negatives Into Art. ...
  8. Digitize Negatives.
19 Aug 2022

How do professional photographers store their photos? ›

The best photo storage options for photographers:
  • Cloud storage. ...
  • External hard drives (EHD) ...
  • Solid-state drives (SSD) ...
  • DAS and NAS storage systems.
22 Apr 2019

Is it better to put pictures on a CD or DVD? ›

Put your image files in a folder and check the size of the folder. If it's 650 MB or less use a CD as it will be cheaper. If it's larger then you'll need to use a DVD disk.

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